Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Salado Ranch

Today I went to a private ranch out near Salado which is north of Austin. I tagged along with V....Vaughan - my job was opening gates and such. Gorgeous place. I have to say that I don't think I've ever seen as many varieties of wildflowers as we have blooming now in central Texas. After such a brutally hot summer and a long drought, its a real relief. Its still relatively cool too, though I did get a bit of a sunburn.

Pretty pleased with my little ranch studies. And being surrounded by the munching angus, longhorns AND horses was quite peaceful.

I painted two scenes almost simultaneously actually. I had a 12x9 panel but wanted to paint smaller. I also liked two views so I just divided my panel in half worked back and forth between them.

Anyway - see below. I'm a little too distracted this evening. I found a tick on me and even after a shower I feel like my skin is crawling.








Ready for his close up! Handsome isn't he? :-)

15 comments:

Kay said...

love your studies and the pic with the longhorn is wonderful too! At least he won't be critiquing your work over your shoulder!

Kim said...

Robin - these are wonderful pieces! I love how you painted the colour in the fields - and your trees have such a lovely quality. Fantastic!

J A Baker said...

I'd call that a really good day!
Nice work!

Linda said...

Sounds like you've had a great time - minus the tick experience! Your sketches are lovely. I think your "critic" thinks so, too.

Marian Fortunati said...

WOW... That big guy is CLOSE!!! Too close for my comfort.

I like both of your paintings, but the one with the yellow field of flowers is my favorite.

Steven P. Goodman said...

I really like these two sketches... really strong work!

bj said...

I also do plein air impressionist paintings...and I just LOVE your work! Once while painting with a friend, a cow came up and licked her canvas. You photo reminded me of that adventure.

Stephen Parker said...

These are great, Robin. What a great exercise to paint two plein air landscapes at once. One of these days, I'll summon the courage to try it. Only afterward will I consider adding a longhorn with a five foot spread in the very near foreground. My powers of mental focus are not quite there yet!

By the way, seeing this post and your mention of Virginia reminded me I wanted to forward something to you, which I will do shortly.

mary maxam said...

what a fun post with the longhorn and really super paintings too. You must be pretty unflappable.

Marta Hoya said...

Maravilloso!!!!!!!!!!!

Arti said...

Beautiful studies...I bet you had a great time.

Andrew krieger said...

I love the gestural nature and the immediacy of that brush work! Nice work. I love the cow too.

AK said...

amazing brushstrokes.

Joan Sicignano Artist said...

Wonderful plein air sketches. What a great idea 2 at the same time. Monet would be proud of you. I also love your shades of green and the longhorn is great. Thank you for sharing.

Romantic bed and breakfasts said...

These are the very pleasant and marvelous destinations with all the fresh air and tranquil and serene environment which makes a difference in a hustle and bustle urban living in one hand and a soothing, peaceful and unruffled life style on the other hand as well.

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